Fani Basiouri1, & Anna Tsiboukli2
MSc, Penal Law and Addictions
 Assistant Professor Lifelong learning, School of Education, University of Athens
The present study focuses on adverse childhood experiences and their interplay with drug use, early school drop-out and homelessness. Eleven participants, men and women, all members of the Buprenorphine Substitution Programmes of OKANA in Nothern Greece took part in the study. Narratives were employed as a method to further research adverse childhood experiences and current drug use and homelessness. The analysis of the narratives revealed that adverse childhood experiences are significant and precede school drop-out, drug use and homelessness. In certain cases, drug use is employed as a form of self-treatment and relief from adverse childhood experiences.
Key words: Adverse Childhood Experiences, Homelessness, Drug Use, School Dropout, Narrative Approach.